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Highlights of Sunny Puglia - 2020

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Highlights of Sunny Puglia – 2020

Enjoy 8 days exploring the highlights of Puglia – the culture, the stunning landscapes, amazing architecture, unique food and delicious wine.

Polignano a Mare • Castel del Monte • Trani • Polignano a Mare • Bari • Ostuni • Valle d’Itria • Alberobello • Lecce • Matera • Bari

This is a pocket-sized version of our longer Puglia tour, specially designed for travellers who are a little short on time but don’t want to miss out on the highlights of this beautiful area.  This trip gives our travellers a taste of both the rugged coastline, with its stark white limestone cliffs, brilliant aquamarine sea and quaint seaside villages, and the pretty inland towns of the region, with visits to the capital of the region Lecce and the World Heritage listed city of Matera.  

The tour starts with three nights in Polignano a Mare with rooms overlooking the wonderful cliffs. From Polignano you will visit the towns of Bari and Trani, as well as the enigmatic Castel del Monte. 

Our next base is in the  Valle d’Itria, famous for the distinctive stone trulli dwellings. You will visit Alberobello, the town with the largest concentration of these conical constructions as well as the pretty towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca. 

Throughout the tour, you will get the chance to meet local artisans and farmers with private visits to an ancient olive oil estate and one of the top wineries in Puglia for a special degustation and lunch. 

Our small group tour has a maximum of 12 guests and a minimum of just 4!

 Highlights

  • Exploring Lecce, the “Florence of the south” in all its Baroque splendour 
  • Discovering the gorgeous coastlines of Puglia and pretty towns like Trani, Polignano and Ostuni
  • Private visit, degustation and lunch at a top winery to discover Pugliese wine
  • Visit to a family-run olive farm and mill with 2000+ year-old olive trees
  • Quiet time to wander the streets of pretty towns like Martina Franca and Locorotondo
  • Our relaxing stay at the lovely Masseria in the Valle d’Itria, some time to swim and enjoy the rural setting
  • Exquisite meals (a la carte) at restaurants chosen for their focus on local specialties – many of them Slow Food restaurants.

Departures: 

3 – 10 May 2020
14 – 21 June 2020
4  – 11 October 2020

Pricing:

$4,490AUD per person (twin share)
$4,990AUD per person (solo traveller)

 

Our tour begins with three nights based in Polignano a Mare. We provide with a private transfer from Bari Airport or Bari Centrale train station to our hotel in Polignano a Mare. We meet in the evening for aperitivi and welcome dinner.

Dinner Included

Our first full day in Puglia is spent exploring Castel del Monte, the enigmatic castle built by the Emperor Frederick II in the 13th Century. After lunch at a local Slow Food restaurant, we visit the pretty port town of Trani with its impressive Norman cathedral. We travel back to Polignano a Mare to our hotel for an overnight stay.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

Day 3 – Bari and free time
This morning we travel north to Bari, capital of Puglia and home to. Fascinating old medieval centre. We spend the morning exploring Bari with a local guide. After free-time for lunch in Bari we travel back to Polignano a Mare where the afternoon is at leisure. You may choose to swim at the beach (a short 5 minute walk from our hotel) or wander around Polignano’s quiet streets.

Breakfast Included

We start the day with a visit to an olive oil producer where you can admire some olive trees that are more than 2,500 years old, see the ancient olive presses and taste their olive oil.
Our next stop is Ostuni, the white city, where we will spend some time wandering the pretty streets and there will be free time for lunch.
In the afternoon we drive on to our lovely Masseria in the heart of the Valle d’Itria. After check-in there will be some free time, you may choose to swim in the hotel’s pool or to sit under an olive tree with an aperitivo. Enjoy dinner at the restaurant at the Masseria and an overnight stay.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

Day 5 – Trulli and the pretty towns of the Valle d’Itria
This morning we visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Alberobello. This town has been listed because of its high concentration of over 400 trulli. Make sure your cameras fully charged for this ridiculously pretty town!
We visit Locorotondo, one of the prettiest towns of the Valle d’Itria and there is free time for lunch.
In the late afternoon we head into Martina Franca, the main town of the Valle d’Itria where we will have aperitivi and dinner and an overnight stay.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

We drive to a very picturesque winery this morning, where we have a private tour of the vineyard and winery, before sitting down to a delicious lunch with matching wines.
In the afternoon we have a guided walking tour with a local tour guide in Lecce where you can admire the splendid Baroque architecture. We travel back to our hotel in Valle d’Itria for an overnight stay.

Breakfast and Lunch Included

We visit another UNESCO World Heritage site today: the ancient city of Matera – and also the location for Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion’! Matera is internationally famous for its ancient town, known as the Sassi, which translates as ‘stones’. The sassi began life as a prehistoric troglodyte settlement mined into the rocky face of a ravine but over the centuries many groups of people lived in these cavernous dwellings. The inhabitants were forcibly removed in the 1950s but today much of the area has been regenerated and there are small business, hotels and bars there. A local tour guide will show us the principal sights.
We return to the Masseria in the evening for our farewell dinner and overnight stay.

Breakfast and Dinner Included

On the last day of the tour we provide a transfer back to Bari for your departure by air or train. The transfer arrives at Bari Airport by 10am.

Breakfast Included

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